As the seventh poet laureate, Dr. Afua Cooper serves a two-year term as an ambassador and advocate for literacy, literature and the arts. She will reflect the vitality of the community through appearances and readings of poetry at civic events and activities. 

Dr. Cooper has been a poet and spoken word artist for over 30 years and has performed all over the world. She has five books of poetry published and is also a writer of young adult fiction, works of history, and essays, including the co-creation of Black Halifax, an interdisciplinary presentation that uses poetry and spoken word to tell Halifax’s 300 year-old African Nova Scotian history.